Challenges Affecting Broadband’s Contributions to U.S. Economic Growth

27 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2010

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Lynne Holt

University of Florida - Public Utility Research Center

Mark A Jamison

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Based on multiple metrics, the U.S. compares favorably with other developed countries in terms of innovative broadband use which is critical to sustainable economic growth. That favorable comparison may erode in future years if the U.S. fails to respond effectively to three inter-related challenges that derive from: (1) the changing nature of its national broadband policy; (2) barriers to competitive entry; and (3) existing network management policies. The U.S. national broadband policy is largely market-based but has recently become more interventionist. With respect to removing barriers to competitive entry, the Federal Communications Commission has not advertently promoted the development of a particular broadband platform but instead has incrementally attempted to remove barriers to inter-platform competition. The Federal Communications Commission has also taken an ambiguous regulatory approach toward network management. The background for and implications raised by these policies under pressure from rapid technological change are briefly explained in this article.

Keywords: Broadband, Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality, national broadband policy, telecommunications regulation

Suggested Citation

Holt, Lynne W. and Jamison, Mark A., Challenges Affecting Broadband’s Contributions to U.S. Economic Growth (2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1535408

Lynne W. Holt

University of Florida - Public Utility Research Center ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
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Mark A. Jamison (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center ( email )

PO Box 117142
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
352-392-6148 (Phone)
352-392-7796 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://warrington.ufl.edu/purc/facultyinfo.asp?WEBID=1217

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